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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Appoints Industry Veteran Robert Housez as General Manager

The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto, announced today the appointment of Robert Housez as General Manager.

Mr. Housez is a graduate of McGill University and has also completed the Advanced Management Program for the Hospitality Industry at the University of Guelph. With more than 30 years experience in the industry, he has also held senior management positions with several hotel and resort brands such as Hilton Hotels, Delta Hotels, Four Seasons Hotels as well as the InterContinental Hotels Group. Read more here.

The Ontario By Bike Network Continues to Roll - Launching Redesigned Website
Cycle Tourism in Ontario continues to gain momentum and, having recently launched a responsive design website with an improved user experience, the Ontario By Bike Network wants to bring hotels in the Greater Toronto Area along for the ride. Ontario By Bike is province's definitive source for cycle tourism information, featuring mountain biking, road cycling and trail information in Toronto and 32 other jurisdictions throughout Ontario. Read more here.
Destination Canada strengthens leadership team with three new appointments.
Destination Canada has made three key appointments to bolster its senior leadership team. With competition in the international tourism marketplace getting fiercer by the month amid growing numbers of global travellers, these three appointments will bring real benefits to the organization and Canada’s tourism industry as a whole. Read more here.
Road Closures - Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
This Saturday, October 3rd from sunset to sunrise is the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche festival in the downtown core. Click here for Street Closure Notifications from the City of Toronto.

For more information on the festival, click here.
Vrancor Welcomes 2 Award-Winning Hotels: Novotel Toronto-North York and Novotel Toronto-Mississauga
Vrancor Group, owner and operator of 15 branded and independent hotels throughout Ontario, is proud to announce the acquisition of the 260-room Novotel Toronto-North York and 325-room Novotel Toronto-Mississauga Centre hotels. Read more here.
Ontario Continuing to Increase Minimum Wage
As announced earlier this year, Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015.Read more here
Mike Brower Named Chief Operating Officer for G6 Hospitality
G6 Hospitality today announced Mike Brower has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer, effectively immediately.  He will report to President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Amorosia. Read more here.
Ontario Deficit $2.2 Billion Lower Than Projected
The Public Accounts of Ontario for 2014-15 show Ontario's deficit is $2.2 billion lower than projected in the 2014 Budget and $0.6 billion lower than the interim projection in the 2015 Budget. Ontario's deficit for 2014-15 is $10.3 billion. Read more here.
July 2015 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the July 2015 Tourism Snapshot. Read more here.
Current Performance Indicators July 2015

The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with July 2015 data. The Current Performance Tool is available here.

Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP)

The GTHA has endorsed the following letter by The Ontario Chamber of Commerce regarding the new provincial retirement pension plan and its impact on jobs and the economy.  The letter can be read here.

Air Canada Encourages Travelers to form a Toronto Connection
Air Canada customers travelling between the U.S. and Europe or Asia via the airline's Toronto Pearson global hub will have an opportunity to pause their journey in the city for up to one week with no stopover fee. This special offer, developed with the support of Tourism Toronto, is designed to encourage U.S. originating international customers to take advantage of their connection to experience Canada's largest and most vibrant city. Read more here.
TOnight – a new app!

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) unveils a new tool that puts cultural access into the pockets of the people of Toronto. Read more here.
Top 65 Chains 2015
Canadian Lodging News' Top 65 Chains reports ranks the country's top hotel managers, developer/owners and hotel brands, nationally and broken down by region. Download the complete report here.

Three big events shaped the Canadian hotel industry this year. The first was the takeover of Delta by Marriott, the second was acquisition of license rights for Travelodge by Superior Lodging Corporation and Waramaug Hospitality Canada and the third was the sale of all of its hotel properties by Fortis Properties Corporation. Read more here.
Show your UP Express Long Layover ticket at the CN Tower and save 15% off a General Admission ticket

Take advantage of the UP Express Long Layover fare to visit the CN Tower and be back in time to catch your flight – or return to your hotel, convention or business meeting near the Toronto Pearson Airport.

Offer valid until  November 30th, 2015. For more information, click here.

Take advantage of the UP Express Long Layover fare to visit the CN Tower and be back in time to catch your flight – or return to your hotel, convention or business meeting near the Toronto Pearson Airport. Click here for more information.
Free to attend: Secure your place at Energy into Action

Spend The Day with the Energy Experts

If energy efficiency isn’t a priority for your business, you could be missing out on significant bottom-line benefits. This is your chance to hear from over 50 leading experts and suppliers, attend sector-specific sessions and find out about incentives to get your savings underway. For more information or to Register, Click Here.

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2015
Time: 8:00am-2:30pm
Location: The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8

Federal government posts surprise $1.9B surplus
Stephen Harper took heart from the announcement that Ottawa ran an unexpected $1.9-billion budget surplus last year, a bit of long-awaited good news on the economic front for the Conservative leader in the election campaign. Read more here.
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Appoints Deane Cameron as Presiden & CEO
The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall Board of Governors today announced the appointment of Deane Cameron as its new President & Chief Executive Officer, effective September 15, 2015. Read more here.
Ontario Investing $6 Million in Cultural Tourism
Ontario is supporting arts and cultural events across the province that will draw tourists, boost local economies and create jobs.

Through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, the province is providing $6 million over three years to grow cultural tourism in Ontario. This support will help arts and cultural organizations develop, promote and present unique events and exhibitions that bring visitors to communities across the province. Read more here.
Current Performance Indicators June 2015

The Ministry’s Current Performance Indicators have been updated with June 2015 data, view it here.

Training Opportunity for Building Operators
The Building Operator Certification (BOC®) program is an eight-module, nine-day competency – based training and certification program, offering facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces  to be more comfortable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. The program consists of eight courses delivered in a total of nine days of training. Read more here.
Celebrate Ontario 2016 Now Open for Applications

Ontario is now accepting applications for Celebrate Ontario 2016, a program designed to support festivals and events across the province.

Celebrate Ontario grants help create jobs and grow local economies across the province, supporting new and improved experiences that attract tourists and boost visitor spending. This year, the province funded a record number of festivals and events across the province that celebrated our diversity, heritage and culture. Read more here.

G6 Hospitality Appointed New Vice President To Lead Franchise Operations
G6 Hospitality, known for its iconic economy lodging brands, Motel 6 and Studio 6 in the U.S. and Canada, announced the appointment of John Valletta as Vice President with oversight to the enterprise franchise operations reporting to Mike Brower, Executive Vice President of Operations of G6 Hospitality. Read more here.
HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence Call For Entries Now Open

Call for Entries - 2015 HAC Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence

The Hotel Association of Canada (HAC) is now accepting entries for the 2015 Hall of Fame Awards of Excellence. The Hall of Fame Awards program continues the Association’s tradition of acknowledging the strong standards and values of those involved in and with the lodging industry. Read more here.
June 2015 Tourism Snapshot
Please be advised that Destination Canada has just released the June 2015 Tourism Snapshot.
Cosmopolitan Toronto sold to Executive Hotels for $13M

Skyline International Development Inc. announced on July 15 the sale of the Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto to Vancouver-based Executive Hotels and Resorts for $13 million. The sale, which was finalized July 8, will not affect guests and clients of the 50-room upscale boutique hotel, now renamed Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan. Read more here.

CBRE/PKF deal: same players, same services, more resources
The acquisition of PKF by CBRE Group Inc. is a move that makes sense to both parties. 

"Integration means we will still have the same players and the same services as before — but more resources," PKF's national managing director David Larone told CLN. Read more here.

May 2015: travel to Canada continues to surge upward
Canada is definitely a hot commodity in the international tourism marketplace. In May 2015, more than 1.5 million international travellers made our country their destination of choice, up 8% on the previous year. Indeed, that total was the highest number of international visitors to Canada in May since 2002, according to the latest Tourism Snapshot. Read more here.
Parapan Am Games Another Big Win for Ontario

Athletes from Ontario and across Canada have delivered exceptional performances to crown the largest, most successful Parapan Am Games ever.

Team Canada won a record 168 medals at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. Ontario athletes made a major contribution to this showing, with 63 medals, and helped Canada finish second overall. This outstanding achievement capped off an incredible summer for Ontario that began with the resounding success of the Pan Am Games. Read more here.

Johanne Bélanger Named President and CEO of Tourism Toronto
TORONTO (August 13, 2015) – Tourism Toronto announced today that Johanne Bélanger has been appointed President and CEO, effective September 1, 2015. Read press release here.
It’s official (again): Canada has the world’s best reputation.
It’s time for Canada to bask in the global limelight again. The Reputation Institute’s 2015 Country RepTrak® report has named our country as having the world’s best reputation, ahead of Norway in second place and Sweden in third spot. Canada came out as the No. 1 country to visit, live, study and work, as well as placing second as a destination to invest in and attend or organize events. Key drivers in the rankings were Canada being a safe and beautiful country, with friendly and welcoming people as well as an appealing lifestyle. Read the full article here.
Terry Mundell, President & CEO of the GTHA remains Chair of the Board of TIAO
July 24, 2015 — The Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) revealed yesterday its Board of Directors for 2015-2016. Newly elected to the Board this year are: Keith Simmonds, General Manager, Great Wolf Lodge; Steve Ball, President, Ottawa Gatineau Hotel Association; Ian McMillan, Executive Director, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie; and Minto Schneider, CEO, Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation.  Terry Mundell, President & CEO of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association remains Chair of the Board for the 2nd year.  Read the full release here.
GTAA April/ May 2015 Aviation Activity Report
The April/ May 2015 Aviation Activity Report is now available for your information and reference. See the report here.
Historic Old Mill Toronto Now Under New Ownership
The Old Mill Toronto, an iconic restaurant, hotel and banquet complex opened in 1914, is now under new ownership. The announcement was made by Michael Kalmar, president of Lark Hospitality. Read full story here.
Toronto Hotel Relay 2015
The Toronto Hotel Relay 2015, put together by the Hospitality Workers Training Centre celebrates Hospitality workers' pride in creating top notch guest experiences for visitors to Toronto. Watch the video here.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto Welcomes New GM
TORONTO — Trump Hotel Collection is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Luc Barone as GM of Trump International Hotel & Tower Toronto following the move of former GM, Mickael C. Damelincourt to Trump International Hotel Washington, D.C. A senior and seasoned hospitality professional, Barone began his career on the food and beverage side of hotel operations for lifestyle brands within Starwood Hotels and Resorts and Delta Hotels, and brings a global perspective from his many posts in Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Read full story here.
Toronto to host Microsoft's Global Partner Conference in July, 2016
July 13, 2015 /CNW/ - Microsoft announced today that an estimated 15,000 Microsoft technology partners and employees from around the world will converge into Toronto next July for the 2016 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). Read the full story here.
Skyline Announces Sale of Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto
Skyline International Development Inc., parent company of Skyline Hotels & Resorts, is announcing the sale of the Cosmopolitan Hotel Toronto to Vancouver-based Executive Hotels and Resorts for $13 million. The sale, which was finalized July 8, 2015, will not impact the guests and clients of the 50 room upscale boutique hotel, now renamed to Executive Hotel Cosmopolitan. Read more here.
Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York Hotel Unveils New Look
Toronto-North York: Vrancor Group, owner and operator of 15 branded and independent hotels throughout ontario, is proud to unveil its newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York Hotel

Vrancor Group unveiled its newly renovated Holiday Inn Express Toronto-North York, located a short distance from York University and attractions including Downsview Park and Canada’s Wonderland. The 163-room newly renovated hotel is the second largest Holiday Inn Express® hotel in Ontario, and fifth largest in Canada, by number of rooms. Read more here.
Ontario Adds 14,000 Jobs in June
Employment in Ontario heated up in June with an increase of 14,000 -- bringing the total increase in employment since the recessionary low in June 2009 to 568,100. Read more here.
Choice Hotels Canada Adds 10 Hotels in Q2 2015
Choice Hotels Canada, Canada’s largest hotel franchisor, opened 10 new hotels during the second quarter of 2015. The company has so far opened 13 hotels this year, bringing the total number of properties in the system to 323. Read more here.
Premier Wynne Announces International Missions
Premier Kathleen Wynne will travel to Colorado, California and China this fall to promote Ontario's attractiveness as a trading partner and as a centre for investment. Premier Wynne made the announcement today during a speech to government and business leaders at the Toronto Global Forum -- Pan American Edition. Read more here.
New Director for the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management - Ryerson University
The Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University welcomes Dr. Frederic Dimanche as the new Director of the school, effective July 1, 2015. Read more here.
Olga Ilich appointed as Chair of Destination Canada
Industry Minister James Moore, along with Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier, today announced the appointment of Olga Ilich as Chair of Destination Canada, effective immediately. Read more here.